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Facebook says it can locate users who opt out of tracking

Dec 18, 2019 - 12:07 PM

Facebook says that clues for figuring out a user's location include being tagged in a photo at a specific place or a check-in at a location such as at a restaurant during a dinner with friends

FACEBOOK. The Facebook logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC, on July 10, 2019. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP


It's almost impossible to escape Google's tracking, new study shows

Aug 23, 2018 - 3:34 PM

An idle Android smartphone with its Chrome browser open sends data communications to Google's servers as often as 14 times an hour, according to the study

GOOGLE. People pass by the Google logo at the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 8, 2017. File photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP


Google sued for unwanted tracking of phone locations

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:22 AM

The suit accuses Google of violating privacy law, and cites a news report last week confirmed by university researchers

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP


Google collects location data even if you turn off location setting

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Location data may still be collected via Google Maps and search even if a user has turned off a setting labeled 'Location History'

LOCATION HISTORY. With location history on, users can see a map of where they have been. Screenshot from Google timeline page


New Tinder feature to match people based on locations visited

May 15, 2018 - 10:27 AM

If a user visits a certain cafe, for example, Tinder will find potential matches who have visited the same cafe